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TEACH CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS IN SINGBURI, THAILAND

THAILAND

TEACH CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS IN SINGBURI, THAILAND

“Sa-wat-dee” - Hello and welcome to Thailand.

Give back to the rural communities of Thailand by teaching in one of the many rural schools in Sungburi.

You'll teach in either Primary or Secondary schools, or both. Students range between 4 and 18 years old. Subjects can include English, Physical Education, Environmental Issues, and more.

Children in Thailand thirst for education, making this experience very rewarding as you will be teaching students who actually want to learn.

Thailand is a wonderful country - Overwhelming hospitality, friendliness, and a beautiful culture of festivals filled with dancing and music. Charlotte Phillips.

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 2 weeks to 6 months or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements No qualifications or experience required (just a good dose of enthusiasm!). If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in the language. Minimum age 17.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Food
Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visa, return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, teaching projects abroad, or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in Thailand or South-East Asia, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Asia and the Thai culture!

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvatnaged children, and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Teach Children in Schools in Thailand

Teach Children in Schools in Thailand

WORK CONTENT

You'll have the opportunity to teach in both primary and secondary schools, where the age of the students can range between 4 to 18 years old. With certain schools your schedule can be flexible and you may have some say in what classes and age groups you prefer to teach.

Subjects that you'll teach may alter, depending on the current activities in the schools. These may include English,  Environmental Issues, Current Festivals, or even Physical Education.

Your teaching schedule will vary between 3 to 6 hours per day, Monday to Friday; allowing for plenty of time to immerse yourself in teaching but also giving you time for exploration and sightseeing.

The Teaching program serves a dual purpose:

  • You'll help children in rural Thailand learn to speak English and gain confidence. Often many of the local teachers are not up to standard themselves in their use of English, so exposure to your pronunciation and use of the language is excellent for the children and very beneficial for them.

  • It enables you to gain an insight into the Thai education system while giving you a chance to make lifelong friends with your fellow students and teachers.

An Example of your First week:

Thai schools start off each day by showing respect to the King of Thailand in a morning ceremony. You may be asked to join the 8 o'clock ceremony and also the Thai exercises that are done at the start of each day.

Monday and Friday:
Your day will be spent on a tour of the schools and all their facilities, while organizing the range of classes you will be teaching for the duration of your placement.

Tuesday & Thursday:
In the evenings after classes you’ll have the opportunity to explore Singburi town and the local shopping mall.

Wednesday:
You will only teach in the morning
- after lunch you will be rewarded with an excursion to the local swimming pool and a special Thai dinner afterwards!

Weekends are always free to relax at the Eco-House, or to take a local taxi into town.
You can also extend your sightseeing to include visiting the many famous sites in central provinces. You could even take a bus to Bangkok City for the weekend.

*Note: Thailand is a tropical country with occasional storms and heavy rains
. This means that the above schedule may be subject to change.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND ... Thai Cultural Festivals!
Teaching is not available during school vacations, so please take the school vacations into account when choosing your dates.
Holidays are as follows:

  • Mid March to Mid May

  • The Month of October

Public vacations are taken at the Schools' discretion. During such times, there is the option to join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local community. If you are unsure about how seasonal breaks may affect your placement, please ask us.

The Songkran Festival (Thai New Year
, mid-April) is a particularly an eye opening and fun experience!

Teach Children in Schools in Thailand

Teach Children in Schools in Thailand

ACCOMMODATION:

Your home will be one of three 'Eco Houses' located approx 8-15km from the town of Singburi in central Thailand and walking distance from the local villages of Tha Kham or Tha Chang.

The houses are designed to sleep 30 – 70 people at a time, allowing for single gender shared rooms with private western style bathrooms, where the water is always cool, perfect for Thailand.

*If you prefer, upgrade options are available (please contact us for further details).

All houses have a communal area for eating, relaxation and free WiFi. You will encouraged to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity.

FOOD:

Food is included during your stay. The meals will be of typical Thai origin, including plenty of rice dishes.

 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

Additional Information about Thai Education

In recent years, the Thai government has placed a continued emphasis on teaching the English language; with Basic English classes even being extended into Kindergarten level. Despite this, English literacy rates in Thailand remain one of the lowest in Asia. Spoken English, in particular, is much lower in Thailand than in countries such as India, The Philippines and Myanmar.

Some of the different schools accept a non-formal approach to teaching, this means that you may not have to conform to the local Thai teaching methods or styles, but rather you'll have the oppertunity to choose your own way of teaching and may bring your own ideas into the classroom.

It is important in Thailand to understand that the methods of teaching is less important than the attitude you share with your students.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure!

Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:

When you arrive at Bangkok Airport, you'll be met by our Thailand Organiser who will arrange your transfer from the airport, to Mo Chit Northern Bangkok bus Station and then further on to Singburi bus Station, where you will be met by one of our local coordinators who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone.

Your adventure has begun :-)


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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Thailand or South-East Asia - thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment! Our recommended combinations are Sri Lanka, Malaysia or the Pandas in China!




LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

Through consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River north of Ang Thong, these three small towns, Sing Buri, In Buri and Phrom Buri, were then established as a new town on the west of the Chao Phraya River named as Singburi in 1895.

ABOUT BANGKOK:
Bangkok is not for the faint hearted! This is South East Asia’s largest, most frenetic, over polluted, traffic congested capital city. But don’t let that put you off! This will all become part of the charm.

By day and night, Bangkok is fast paced - this is a city for indulgence and fun, with action at all hours. One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of this country is to live and breathe it:

  • Visit the traditional floating markets on the outskirts of Bangkok, where traders sell their wares from wooden boats, weighed down by kilos of bananas and other exotic fruits as garlands of jasmine hang off the boats stern.

  • Walk through China Town early in the morning and watch stall owners carry boxes of merchandise that tower over them, weighing two or three times their body weight.

  • Snack on some fresh pineapple or watermelon carefully sliced by a roadside vendor as you soak in the sights and smells of the city before the midday heat encourages you inside to air conditioned safety.

  • Watch tuk tuk’s laden with people screech past, weaving in and out of traffic.

  • Enjoy some freshly cooked Pad Thai from a street vendor. This is a mixture of noodles and bean sprouts stir fried with an egg and served with a generous portion of chilli sauce, or for the brave, a heaping of additional dried chilli.

  • Take in sunset from a river cruise and marvel at Bangkok’s diverse skyline, from modern gleaming skyscrapers to the pointed gold roof’s of glittering temples.

  • Visit the Grand Palace, a decadent spectacle which used to be residence to the King of Thailand and now has a temple for the Emerald Buddha.

The grand palace is one of the most striking pieces of art in Thailand, with gargoyles, dragons and warriors incredibly re-constructed in glittering mosaics.

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.




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